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Petrol station staff help collar driver

Blackpool Police

Blackpool Police

Service station staff tipped off police when they smelt alcohol on a pensioner as he bought cigarettes.

Former guesthouse owner, Ronald Dodson, 75, of Briercliffe Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £200 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said staff at a Tesco service station alerted police after smelling alcohol on Dodson when he bought cigarettes and drove off in a Honda on December 6 about 3.45am.

Police went to Dodson’s home and a breath test showed 44 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

John McLaren, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had earlier been to a club for retired guesthouse owners and drunk three halves of lager.

He returned home, but could not sleep, so he decided to get some cigarettes.

It did not cross his mind he could be over the limit.

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